Lot: 304

93rd Tribal Art Auction

Anthropomorphic mask "mbuya"

D. R. Congo, Pende

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Jean Zimmermann, New York, USA H: 11 inch;
T: 14.6 inch
3500 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, pigments, plant fibre, raffia bast, base The identification of a specific mask character depends largeley on aspects of the costume, including the headdress and acessories, and the choreography of the dance. Althought the present mask's exact name cannot be determined outside of the performance context, its facial features, along with its raffia coiffure, may identify it as representing a mask genre called "pota" or "ginjinga", both known for their acrobatic and extravagant dances.


Fagaly, William, Ancestors of Congo Square, New Orleans 2011, p. 329